July War Diary: Hezbollah Fighters Turn Lebanese Towns into Graveyard for Israeli Invaders

 July 21, 2021

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Hezbollah fighters standing beside a rocket launcher (photo from archive).

In the tenth day of July War in 2006, the Israeli enemy went crazy with its air strikes and bombardment of Lebanon.

Meanwhile, the Resistance fighters’ heroic confrontations with the occupation soldiers in the southern border towns made it clear to the invaders that “this land is forbidden to you”.

The Israeli warplanes in that day (Friday, July 21, 2006) launched more than seventeen air strikes on Baalbeck city, killing or injuring dozens of Lebanese civilians. The strikes also destroyed Mudeirej Bridge which links Beirut to Bekaa.

More than 100 strikes were also launched on the southern city of Tyre, with Israeli warplanes dropping leaflets there, calling on residents to evacuate the area.

The Israeli air strikes, meanwhile, targeted several schools that hosted displaced Lebanese in Bint Jbeil (south Lebanon) and in Baalbeck (Bekaa).

Strikes on the southern city of Nabatieh and Beirut’s southern suburb (Dahiyeh) also did not stop, with more residential areas were targeted.

Israeli artillery also fired internationally-banned cluster bombs at several Lebanese towns in the south, including Maroun Al-Ras, Khiyam, Aitaroun, Qulaiaat, Ebl Sukei and Houla.

For its part, Hezbollah kept the rocket fire at occupied territories, with missiles pounding Israeli cities of Safad, Haifa, Nahariya and Taberias, as well as settlements of Upper Galilee, Lower Galilee and Kiryat Shmona.

A Raad-2 rocket hit the Israeli city of Haifa, killing or injuring 30 Israelis.

Also on Thursday (July 21, 2006), the Israeli soldiers repeated attempts to make a ground incursion in the southern border towns. Israeli media reported that at least 300 and 500 Israeli soldiers backed by 30 tanks were already believed to be over the border. However, Resistance fighters were closely monitoring the invaders. Hezbollah fighters who were positioned in the border town of Maroun Al-Ras repelled the Israeli infiltration. Several Israeli soldiers were killed and at least three Merkava tanks were destroyed, with the occupation military acknowledging that 7 soldiers were killed. The Israeli army usually minimizes its military losses.

On the political level, it was clear that the United States was opposing a cessation of hostilities, in a bid to make more pressure on Hezbollah. Then US Secretary of State Condaleezza Rice made her well-known stance, describing the war on Lebanon as a part of the “birth pangs of a new Middle East”.

Then US Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, also defended the Israeli war, wondering about the futility of “holding talks on ceasefire with a terrorist organization”.

For his part, then Lebanese President Emile Lahoud said that the Israeli war on Lebanon was planned before the Resistance operation in which it captured Israeli soldiers, noting that the Zionist regime took Hezbollah’s border operation a pretext to launch its military campaign against Lebanon.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

Sheikh Qaouk: Martyr Soleimani Has Left Behind a Million-man Resistance Army

Sheikh Qaouk: Martyr Soleimani Has Left Behind a Million-man Resistance Army

By Staff

Member of Hezbollah Central Council, Sheikh Nabil Qaouk emphasized that “martyr Qassem Soleimani is the pride of the Islamic Revolution in Iran and the pride of the entire nation.”

All of the victories stretching over our region have the fingerprints of martyr Qassem Soleimani on them, Sheik Qaouk added.

The Hezbollah official further underscored in a graduation ceremony for “Martyr Qassem Soleimani Group” in the southern Lebanese village of Maroun al-Rass that “the martyr has left behind a million-man army of well-trained and equipped resistance fighters who long for martyrdom.”

Sheikh Qaouk concluded that “the blood of Hajj Qassem Soleimani will always remain and will never be forgotten.”

Avivim Strike Hit or Didn’t Hit Soldiers!!! Netanyahu Big Liar, ‘Israel’ Cannot Attack Lebanon for Fear of Hezbollah


September 2, 2019

As Hezbollah struck Sunday an Israeli military vehicle in Avivim settlement, killing or injuring all soldiers on board, the Zionist PM Benjamin Netanayhu started announced his big lie that the operation did not hit any of his soldiers.

Knowing that the Zionist media is completely subject to the military censorship, the enemy’s media outlets circulated this lie and claimed that ‘Israel’ fooled Hezbollah by showing fake rescue operations.

In a statement, the Islamic Resistance announced it managed to target an Israeli military vehicle near the border with the occupied Palestinian territories, killing and injuring all occupation forces on board.

Sources close to the Resistance said that it would circulate the footage of the operation which shows accuracy and professionalism, adding that it was the Israeli target was spotted from a very narrow angle in Maroun Al-Ras and Aitaroun border towns.

The sources pointed out that the Zionist vehicle was moving slowly on an internal road 899 for the soldiers on board did not expect to be struck in that position.

In this context, Hezbollah fulfilled a promise made by Secretary General Sayyed Hasan Nasrallah to respond to the Zionist attacks on Dahiyeh and one of its sites in Damascus, restoring the balance of deterrence which Israel tried to break.

Hezbollah Attack on Avivim Turned Balance of Deterrence against Israel to Be Internationally Acknowledged

Diplomatic sources reported that the United States of America, Britain and France had promised Lebanese senior officials that ‘Israel’ may never repeat its attacks on Lebanon, urging them to call on Hezbollah to refrain from responding to the Israeli violations.

The following video which was broadcast by Al-Mayadeen TV Channel shows the Israeli soldiers escaping the border positions after Hezbollah strike and tells all the story:

Finally, even the Israelis know that Hezbollah could have targeted the rescue staff which arrived to the scene of the strike; however, the Resistance’s intention to protect Lebanon and save the Lebanese from the Israeli barbarism was behind the part’s decision to carry out a calculated blow.

Source: Al-Manar English Website

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Islamic Resistance Targets Israeli Military Vehicle, All Forces on Board Killed, Injured


September 1, 2019

Hezbollah announced on Sunday that Hasan Zbeeb and Yasser Daher’s unit has targeted an Israeli military vehicle near the border with the occupied Palestinian territories, killing and injuring all occupation forces on board.

“At 4.15pm (Beirut Time) on Sunday, September 1, 2019, the unit of martyrs Hassan Zbib and Yasser Daher has destroyed an Israeli military vehicle on the road at the Avivim base, killing and injuring all forces on board,” the Islamic Resistance announced in a statement issued on Sunday afternoon.

Following the attack, the Israeli military confirmed that a military vehicle has been targeted at the border with anti-tank missiles, saying ‘multiple hits’ were scored on ‘army base’.

Israeli websites said helicopters were transferring casualties to Zif Hospital in Safed (Zfat), highlighting that a state of fear and panic prevailed among settlers in the North of occupied Palestine who were told to go to shelters.

Israeli shells were falling around the villages of Maroun al-Ras and Aitaroun in Lebanon’s South.

Hezbollah Secretary General announced last week that Hezbollah won’t keep mum before Israeli aggression and that the resistance will inevitably retaliate the killing of martyrs Hassan Zbeeb and Yasser Daher who were killed in an Israeli airstrike on Syria a week ago.

Source: Al-Manar English Website


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Lebanese resistance movement #Hezbollah says it has targeted an Israeli military vehicle near the border with the occupied Palestinian lands, killing and injuring all forces on board. According to the Lebanese resistance group, the operation was carried out by two fighter groups, who targeted two Israeli vehicles.
One of the vehicles escaped the Lebanese fighters’ fire, but the other one was totally destroyed leaving all those on board killed or injured. Following the attack on Sunday, Israeli military sources confirmed that a military vehicle has been targeted at the border with anti-tank missiles. #Israel‘s military sources claimed that several anti-tank missiles were fired from #Lebanon, scoring hits, with Israeli forces responding, Reuters reported.
“A number of anti-tank missiles were fired from Lebanon towards an (Israeli military) base and military vehicles,” an Israeli army statement said, adding, “
A number of hits have been confirmed. (Israel’s military) is responding with fire towards the sources of fire and targets in southern Lebanon.”
After the initial reports of fire from Lebanon, a military spokesman called on people in the occupied territories living within four kilometers (2.5 miles) of the Lebanese border to remain at home and prepare shelters, AFP reported.
According to Lebanon’s al-Manar TV, Israeli forces have fired several shells at the border village of Maroun al-Ras in south Lebanon with the channel’s live broadcast from the village showing large plumes of smoke rising from the countryside near the border with the occupied territories. It added that Israeli warplanes are also conducting overflights above the village.
Al-Manar also reported that Israeli military is using phosphorus munitions to attack southern Lebanon in respond to Hezbollah’s attack. Later reports also indicated that the commander of Israeli army’s northern division has been killed in Hezbollah’s Sunday attack.
Al-Manar also quoted Israeli military as reporting multiple hits on an army base by anti-tank missiles fired from Lebanon, noting that helicopters were transferring casualties to Zif Hospital. Israeli media have reported a state of widespread fear and panic among Zionist settlers in the northern part of the occupied territories with Israel’s military ordering residents living within 4 kilometers of the Lebanese border to remain in their homes and open their bomb shelters.
Meanwhile, a statement released by the office of the Lebanese Prime Minister Sa’ad Hariri quoted him as calling the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Emmanuel Bonne, the foreign policy adviser to the French president, discussing with them the latest developments at border with Israel. Hariri has reportedly urged US, France to intervene after escalation with Israel. The intelligence section of the Israeli army has reportedly banned disclosure of any details on the Hezbollah’s attack. Israeli media, however, have reported that four Israeli soldiers have been injured in the incident.


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Picnics at the border: Hezbollah resistance in Bint Jbeil and Maroun ar Ras

By Eva Bartlet

*monument at Maroun ar Ras, site of Hezbollah defeat of Israeli army
Some time after descending further south from the former Khiam prison, the fortified fence separating Lebanon and occupied Palestine appears, as do the red-roofed Israeli homes in the formerly mixed Palestinian and Lebanese town of Metulli: M notes that this town was an example of many such towns home to Jews and Muslims, living side by side without problem…before the arrival of Zionists.
The landscape is confusing: looking south, the border fence loops northward, peninsula-like as it encircles “the Finger of Galilee”…now occupied Palestine. I’m alarmed that we can drive so close to the fence, my own experience with border fences in Gaza meaning anyone within 1-2 km of the Green Line border risks being assassinated or maimed by IOF soldiers. But in Lebanon, the presence of UNIFIL soldiers and the mediation of the UN “keeps both sides on their side,” M says, adding, “but if the Israelis ever crossed the fence, everything would change.”
At Kfar Kila, we speak briefly with some of the UNIFIL soldiers stationed at Bab al Fatima (Fatima Gate) who tell us all is calm along the border now. We break for Arabic coffee in the shade of a nearby, low-key cafe, the staff of whom are enjoying shisha (tobacco water pipe) as they look towards Palestine and the hilltop Israeli town that now occupies the land.
M tells me a little about Kfar Kila. The front line of resistance since the mid 70s, it like most of southern Lebanon was occupied by the Zionist army, the towns’ residents fleeing north to Beirut.
This town has had many, many martyrs, since the 70s,” he notes, something I continue to hear as we pass through more towns further south, the martyr posters re-iterating the vast losses.
Leaving Kfar Kila, we head up mountain roads again, from which below and to the east more of “the Finger of Galilee” becomes visible, laden with apple orchards and surrounded by Zionist fencing.
This is our land,” M murmurs, adding “Shams” when I ask what he means. “It was all Arab land, there were no borders.”
The winding roads take us through familiar Lebanese villages, with their small town squares, and into the terrain of rolling hills that stretches across Lebanon and Palestine. “This village was also occupied in ’78,” M’s refrain continues, out of respect to history.
To the east, IOF military bases flank hilltops, lording over occupied Palestine and taunting Lebanon. Posters of Hassan Nazrallah and Hezbollah flags brave up to the challenge: We’re ready for you.
At the entrance to Mays al Jabal—another town with numerous martyrs and strong resistance—a sign reads: “In these hills and valleys the Zionists were defeated by the resistance.”
Aytaroun comes soon after, “a town of martyrs”. In the ’60S and ’70s, “they used to actively confront the IOF. In the ’70s, the IOF came to the town and assassinated many of the resistance” M says. The town was occupied, and 95% fled to Beirut—to the “belt of misery” as Bourj Hamad, Bourj el Barajney and the suburbs of Beirut were known due to their sub-par living conditions, great poverty, and over-crowding.
Along the hilltop road at Maroun ar Ras, a town roughly 1 km from the border, a crumpled Israeli tank sits roadside, a rusting display of the IOF defeat at Maroun ar Ras.
The town itself was badly bombed during the 2006 Israeli war on Lebanon, M points out as we stand next to the ruin of one of the few homes not since re-built. During the drive south, M has been pointing out village after village where mass numbers of homes were destroyed by the IOF bombings but re-built by Hezbollah.
The battle at Maroun ar Ras changed question of the 2006 war,” he tells me. “Hezbollah resistance took the IOF by surprise, so instead of trying to advance north up to the Litani river, they changed plans and resorted to heavy bombing instead.”
Alastair Crooke and Mark Perry wrote in detail about Hezbollah’s victories over the IOF during the 2006 war (“How Hezbollah Defeated Israel”)
‘Israel’ Recalls Defeat each August
Regarding Maroun ar Ras, they wrote:

…On July 22, Hezbollah units of the Nasr Brigade fought the IDF street-to-street in Maroun al-Ras. While the IDF claimed at the end of the day that it had taken the town, it had not.

…IDF detachments continually failed to flank the defenders, meeting counterpunches toward the west of the city. Special three-man hunter-killer teams from the Nasr Brigade destroyed several Israeli armored vehicles during the fight with light man-made anti-tank missiles.

…After-battle reports of Hezbollah commanders now confirm that IDF troops never fully secured the border area and Maroun al-Ras was never fully taken. Nor did Hezbollah ever feel the need to call up its reserves, as Israel had done. “The entire war was fought by one Hezbollah brigade of 3,000 troops, and no more,” one military expert in the region said. “The Nasr Brigade fought the entire war. Hezbollah never felt the need to reinforce it.”

Reports from Lebanon underscore this point. Much to their surprise, Hezbollah commanders found that Israeli troops were poorly organized and disciplined. The only Israeli unit that performed up to standards was the Golani Brigade, according to Lebanese observers. The IDF was “a motley assortment”, one official with a deep knowledge of US slang reported. “But that’s what happens when you have spent four decades firing rubber bullets at women and children in the West Bank and Gaza.”
Atop the 1km hill, the Iranian Park attracts visitors pursuing history and families wanting to picnic at a site both scenically stupendous and revered for its resistance.
The park, funded largely by Iran, comprises a mock military training site—tight rope walks and all—with a playground, bbq picnic sites, and a reproduction of Jerusalem’s Dome of the Rock mosque.
We climb to the top of a three-storey tower, where the view of Lebanese hills and occupied Palestine is panoramic and stunning. A powerful telescope, free of charge, affords a chance to view Palestine close-up.
Below us lies Bint Jbeil, a town known as “the Capital of Liberation.” M points to a large pool of water, citing the Battle at the Pool, and explains that Hezbollah held off invading IOF soldiers, eventually repelling them from the town.

Later… on July 25, the Israeli military fought its way into Bint Jbeil, calling it “Hezbollah’s terror capital”. The fight for Bint Jbeil went on for nine days. But it remained in Hezbollah hands until the end of the conflict. By then, the town had been destroyed, as Hezbollah fighters were able to survive repeated air and artillery shellings, retreating into their bunkers during the worst of the air and artillery campaign, and only emerging when IDF troops in follow-on operations tried to claim the city.

…On July 26, IDF officials conceded that the previous 24 hours in their fight for Bint Jbail was “the hardest day of fighting in southern Lebanon”. After failing to take the town from Hezbollah in the morning, IDF commanders decided to send in their elite Golani Brigade. In two hours in the afternoon, nine Golani Brigade soldiers were killed and 22 were wounded.

On July 27, in response to the failure of its units to take these cities, the Israeli government agreed to a call-up of three more reserve divisions – a full 15,000 troops.

…Hezbollah officials calculated that from the time of firing until the IAF was able to identify and deploy fighters to take out the mobile rockets was 90 seconds. Through years of diligent training, Hezbollah rocket teams had learned to deploy, fire and safely cover their mobile launchers in less than 60 seconds, with the result that IAF planes and helicopters … could not stop Hezbollah’s continued rocket fire at Israel (“Israel is about three helicopters away from a total disaster,” one US military officer commented).

Moreover, and more significant, Hezbollah’s fighters proved to be dedicated and disciplined. Using intelligence assets to pinpoint Israeli infantry penetrations, they proved the equal of Israel’s best fighting units.

…The robust Hezbollah defense was also taking its toll on Israeli armor. When Israel finally agreed to a ceasefire and began its withdrawal from the border area, it left behind upwards of 40 armored vehicles, nearly all of them destroyed by expertly deployed AT-3 “Sagger” anti-tank missiles – which is the NATO name for the Russian-made vehicle- or man-deployed, wire-guided, second-generation 9M14 Malyutka – or “Little Baby”.

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All kinds of people, from hardscrabble farmers to well-educated members of the liberal professions, were brought into the constellation of mass organizations that the party established in every region, every profession, and every sector of the economy. Timur Goksel, who last year retired after 24 years as the chief political advisor to the UN’s (highly constrained) peacekeeping force in south Lebanon, told me how surprised he was to discover that the members of the first Hizbullah delegations sent to deal with him, in the mid-1980s, were not wild-eyed Islamist radicals but calm, serious men who were doctors, engineers, or businessmen: men of real substance in their local communities.
Nasrullah’s leadership strategy—combining efforts at mass organizing and inter-group negotiating with a “militant” image and targeted violence—has many parallels with that pursued by the African National Congress leaders in South Africa in the 1980s and 1990s. And just as the ANC realized its longtime goal of establishing a one-person-one-vote system in South Africa, so too did Hizbullah succeed in May 2000 in winning an unconditional Israeli withdrawal from Lebanon….”

The Khiam prison is now open

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Palestinian Youth… New Hope for Near Return

Sara Taha

It has been 63 years since the UK handed over Palestine to Zionist gangs allowing them to forcibly exile the Palestinian natives from their homes and establish a racist state that overpowers and terrorizes all its neighboring countries.

Time flew by and the Palestinian dispersed community has been conducting operations, concluding agreements, making concessions and achieving victories, yet no practical progress has been attained. Palestine is still controlled by a Zionist scheme backed by international resolutions; Palestinians are still listed as refugees; and extending refugee camps are still present in various spots in the Arab world.

The Palestinian “right of return” was adopted 63 years ago by the Arab states as their major cause, yet various Arab causes have been resolved except for this one. Regional enmity and war were declared against Israel, yet peace and truce treaties were signed with the “enemy” by those regimes.

Despite all these frauds, compromises and abandonments, the Palestinian refugee has never lost hope and has always been ready to sacrifice and die as martyr; even if he did not witness liberation and return, his satisfaction lies in knowing that he did not desert his origin and has passed his cause on to his sons and grandsons.

On Sunday, the Palestinian youth assured this to the entire world. They sent a clear message that even if the exiled generation was gone, there are still descendants who are ready to carry the banner with even more challenge and persistence.

Sociopolitical analyst Dr. Nadim Mohsen explains this point to Al-Manar’s Website saying that “in major causes that have cultural, national, and moral bases like the Palestinian cause, direct exposure to the issue is not basic. It is not confined to the generation that was exiled from Palestine and is still keeping the house keys until today. As long as the cause is alive, consequent generations would be more involved as they would carry the passion, burden as well as the responsibility; and even if the direct suffering was gone, the latent love would evolve, in addition to the latent misery due to their residence in refugee camps”.

This year’s Nakba (catastrophe) Day differed from previous years on various levels. The Palestinians were united, Arab victories were in their heydays, Arab enthusiasm was unprecedented, and so a successful and diligent commemoration was conducted.

Dr. Mohsen describes the scene Sunday, May 15, 2011 as full of hope.
“Seeing those men and women climbing the hills toward the border fences, nonchalant of the bullets and wounds, was like a new beginning. This passion that emerged that day is addicting and contagious, it could never be concealed anymore”.

He considers that the “return to Palestine” march is a “relief to the Palestinian refugee, as the misery of the refugee camps was substituted by the dream of Palestine”.
“They recognized that Palestine was their shelter and their belonging,” the sociopolitical analyst stressed.

Furthermore, Dr. Mohsen assures that “this is the natural state that should have been present and supported all along”.

“The natural state for the Palestinians is to be present on a daily basis on the borders trying to return to Palestine, and the Lebanese and Syrian people helping them achieve that… The absence of such daily actions is due to a certain pressure imposed on the refugee camps and on the Palestinians”.

The Palestinian youth on Sunday showed the world an omnipotent bravery and an evident passion when they confronted heavily armed Israeli occupation forces with bear chests and decided to advance closer to their usurped land armed with stones, loud voices, slogans and determination.

According to Dr. Mohsen, such pressure should be imposed permanently and in similar rallies by all the Arab countries that share borders with Palestine.

“We’ve always used to say that if all Arabs march towards Palestine, the Israelis would attack them and commit massacres, but eventually we would enter Palestine; just by the pressure our big number would impose, we would succeed in achieving that”.

Pointing out to the important role the media play in directing points of views, Dr. Mohsen says that “the media are strongly involved in revealing one’s right. Israelis for example have an unjust idea that is manipulated by media to appear righteous. However, the Arabs that have all the right are weak, and by continuously organizing peaceful civilian rallies to the borders, the whole world would recognize this right”.

“The intifada (uprising) that took place in 1987 had the strongest effect. It was able to dent the international public opinion, as for the first time they saw children tossing stones at heavily armed soldiers. This is a major issue, every citizen should resist with the capabilities he has. If we have rockets, we fire rockets, if we have the physical ability, we march with our bodies, and if we have influential music, we use music”.

The sociopolitical analyst further said that “the latest internal reconciliation as well as Sunday’s march to the borders have redirected the Palestinians’ attention”.

“Today, and after seeing Palestine with their bare eyes, the Palestinian refugees’ concern is no longer Fatah, Hamas, the Islamic front, PLO or other groups, but the major focus is Palestine. They saw Palestine as a reality rather than a slogan, an unattainable cause, or an internal conflict and competition… When you see it that close, you start thinking, this is our land just a few meters away, this is our right and it is so close to us”.

Dr. Mohsen explains that as human beings, the materialistic part in us needs to be satisfied with material as well.
“When a person sees his olive trees and hills, when he sees Palestine with his senses not just emotions, he would recognize the realism of this right”.

However, to what extent will the Palestinians tolerate marching in “return to Palestine” rallies toward their occupied country’s borders and coming back to their refugee camps? When will the patience of seeing Israeli soldiers arrogantly preventing them from entering Palestine fade away? And when will they decisively revolt against their long stay in deprived camps because they are denied of living in their vast, flourished occupied land?

Amid the Arab youth revolutions against their corrupt regimes, the Palestinian youth got enthused to follow these successful steps in attaining victory, and if this atmosphere proceeds… could this be the last Palestinian refugee generation?
Maroun Al-Ras pictures by Wassim Sader
Just another Palestinian sample…
Palestinians will march back to Lebanon-Palestine border on Sunday …

‘Washington wants the Lebanese Army ‘act as buffer”
BEIRUT: “Palestinians will march on Israel’s borders from neighboring Arab states Sunday to mark the 1967 war, a top Fatah commander said, calling on the United Nations to protect the protesters.“We, who hope to return to our lands in Palestine, are planning a peaceful rally this Sunday” at the Lebanese, Syrian and Jordanian borders with Israel as well as the Gaza Strip, Fatah commander in Lebanon Munir Maqdah told AFP.Maqdah urged Arab states and the U.N. Interim Force in Lebanon, a 12,000-strong peacekeeping force stationed at Lebanon’s southern border with Israel, to “ensure the protection of this peaceful gathering.”
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Time to tear down the fences

28 May 2011

Israeli soldiers patrol the fence between Syria and the occupied Golan Heights town of Majdal Shams.

I spent a part of my youth in a kibbutz very close to southern Lebanese village Maroun al-Ras, where the historic march of return of Palestinian refugees took place earlier this month.

The kibbutz was surrounded by fences and more fences. Every night in the children’s house, another member of the kibbutz was guarding us, sleeping with an Uzi gun nearby his bed. In this house, away from our parents, boys were raised Spartan tough to be the next pilots and elite unit warriors of the Israeli army, and the girls were raised very freely, in order to supply the needs of the future warriors. Growing up in such an unorthodox environment appears to be natural if you do not know any other type of life.

Living on the lands of the Palestinian village Kafr Birim, some information about its expelled inhabitants was leaked to us through the demonstrations that demanded the right of return. Hanna and Atallah, expelled from the village, actually built the kibbutz. Atallah’s handsome sons, who worked with him, were transparent to us. We were raised not to see them. I noticed the elder because he looked exactly like my cousin from Jerusalem.

As a teenager I was distressed by the Ikrith and Birim expulsions. The Israeli military occupied the two villages toward the end of 1948 and asked the inhabitants to leave for a period of two weeks only, and then come back. They left their villages and were never allowed to return.

It was obvious to me that the villages’ residents should be allowed to return. Meanwhile, nothing was mentioned about the other refugees, the vast majority who were expelled during the Nakba — the expulsion of approximately 750,000 Palestinians in 1948. Some said that Birim and Ikrith residents could return, for they are Christians. But what about the “legal precedent?” Precedent for what? That was not a question to ask. Ikrith and Birim functioned as a perfect camouflage over the entire story: the ethnic cleansing of Palestine.

Last week, images from Maroun al-Ras took me back to my youth, when after learning exactly what happened since 1948, my solidarity crossed all the way over to the “other” side. Visiting my remaining family in the kibbutz, I am now met by electric fences, and the automatic gates no longer look natural. By committing the ethnic cleansing of Palestine, the kibbutz’s founders predestined their grandchildren to live behind fences forever. According to an Arabic proverb, a thief does not sleep at night, and will not allow anyone else to sleep.

Last week, behind the fence of my childhood, Palestinian refugees gathered to demand return. They protesters looked and sounded exactly like the revolutionaries of Cairo’s Tahrir square. As with the uprising that began in Egypt on 25 January, I could not stop watching the exciting events in Maroun al-Ras, Majdal Shams, Qalandiya and Gaza, wishing I was part of it. Just take down the fences, I thought.

The refugees will one day return, but I am afraid that rivers of blood will be flooded by then. Declaring the immediate return of all refugees and replacing the apartheid state with a democratic state looks to me the most reasonable thing to do right now. But the supremacist will never give up his privileges voluntarily.

And that is exactly what one of the bravest refugees that we saw this month, Hassan Hijazi, told the Israeli press: Palestine will return to its owners only by force.

Hassan Hijazi crossed the Syrian border to the heart of the Zionist project: the white city of Tel Aviv. For a day he wandered around his hometown, Jaffa, a few years before its expected complete Judaization (gentrification) by demolition, expulsions, kicking out its Arab residents — most of them already displaced from the neighboring villages that Israel demolished in 1948.

The new residents are liberal Ashkenazi Jewish Israelis. Fake co-existence projects were the first steps of this latest invasion, serving the new white inhabitants of Jaffa. Now these new residents complain about the voices of the mosque muezzin and the Orthodox church band.

Hassan Hijazi reminded Israelis that he is not going to give up his hometown of Jaffa. For now, Tel Aviv exists as a European colonial bubble protected by the human shield of Sderot, the violent settlers in the West Bank and Jewish-Arab Mizrahim pushed by white gentrification to settlements such as Maale Adumin and Pisgat Zeev. But that bubble, surrounded by fences and more fences, is soon to pop.

Welcome home to Jaffa, Hassan Hijazi — the first returning refugee!

Rahela Mizrahi is a member of a family of Arab Jews which has lived for several generations in Jerusalem. She has a degree in fine arts from the Betzalel Academy in Jerusalem and a degree in Arabic literature and language from Tel Aviv University. In 2006 she signed the petition calling for the cultural boycott of Israel. She lives and works in Tel Aviv.

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Sayyed Nasrallah on Liberation Day 2011: ’’Again..Israel’’ is Weaker than A Spider Web

Nour Rida

On the eleventh anniversary of the Resistance and Liberation Day, the 25th of May 2011, Hizbullah organized a ceremony celebrating the first and sole victory in the region against the so-called unbeatable “Israeli” enemy.

Following the festival program, which included the national anthem and some chants, Hizbullah Secretary General His Eminence Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah appeared via video-link to address the people gathering in the rally, this time in Baalbeck, in The Martyr Sayyed Abbas Moussawi shrine.

Thousands of people cheered, chanted and, waved their flags as Sayyed nasrallah appeared on screen to deliver his speech on this victorious day.

Hizbullah Secretary General at the beginning thanked the crowds of people who gathered to take part in this ceremony. Addressing the people, he hoped they would accept their humble participation and waiting in the sun as part of the 30 year struggle of the resistance fighters under the heat of the sun a nd in face of the Zionist enemy. The leader congratulated the people, the Islamic and Arab world on this day also as it coincides with the birth of Sayyida Fatima Al Zahraa, daughter of Prophet Mohammad (PBUH)

Choosing the location of the festival had a message, Sayyed Nasrallah, which is that this area was of the first Lebanese areas that witnessed the birth of the Resistance and was a bridge of communication between the Lebanese resistance fighters particularly during the occupation.
Sayyed Nasrallah also recalled the sacrifices of Sayyed Abbas, and the lands that were drenched with the bloods of the martyrs in the Bekaa as they trained and fought against the enemy, and reminded this land will always be part of the Resistance path.

Sayyed Nasrallah divided his speech on the festival event, the Palestinian cause, the situation in the Arab world, Syria, Lebanon. Also he tackled the latest speeches of the two “Leaders of occupation” concerning Lebanon and the region.

“In this speech, I will talk about the event [Liberation day], the situation in Palestine, the Arab world, Syria and finally in Lebanon. I will also be concerned to discuss the political event that cannot be ignored, hence, the stances and speeches Obama and Netanyahu declared in the recent days,” Sayyed Nasrallah said.

Sayyed Nasrallah reiterated this ceremony does not concern a certain people, sect, or party. He said that the 25th of May is the fruit of all sacrifics since the year 1948, adding “This ceremony is eternal, because what happened on that day changed the face of the region. There is a strategic and moral need to commemorate this holiday. In modern history, there is the Nakba day and the Naksa day, and our nation needs days of victories in order to get rid of the moral, spiritual, political, and military meanings of the Nakba [Catasrophe] and the Naksa [Setback] during the dark days then.”

US-“Israel” Gave Deadly Strike on Palestine…Arab Peace Initiative Should Come to An End!

The Resistance leader moved on to discuss the Palestinian cause. He reminded of the speeches made by “Israeli” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and US President Barack Obama in which in the AIPAC conference before the congress. Sayyed Nasrallah said that such speeches make us only realize more that our decisions have been correct all the way from the beginning. “The events during the past three decades have proved that the correct, realistic, logical, productive choice which allows reaching the targets and aims is the choice of the popular armed resistance,” Sayyed explained.

Reiterating the reiterating the importance of this resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah said that “if we were to wait in Lebanon for a national consensus, an Arab united stance, or an international move, our land would have still been under occupation and “Israel” would have remained in Lebanon as an occupation, and settlements would have been built on the territories of Lebanon. The resistance in fact achieved the desired result, liberated the land and retrieved the dignities with no conditions.”

Also, recalling the words of Netanyahu in the year 2007, which again reiterate the righteous path of the resistance, Sayyed Nasrallah quoted the Zionist PM as saying that “the historic path of the “Israeli” entity has been turned upside-down since the beginning of the withdrawal from Lebanon in the year 2000 all the way until the “Israeli” withdrawal from the Gaza strip. And so, in the eyes of the Arabs “Israel” is no longer invincible.” That same fear Netanyhu lived in 2007; Sayyed Nasrallah said was obvious in his eyes during his speech in the AIPAC conference, as he spoke about the rockets of Hizbullah and Hamas.

Hizbullah SG said that the latest speeches of Netanyahu and Obama were an unprecedented assurance that both entities are to preserve their mutual security. “Obama renewed his commitment to “Israel’s” security and its prevalence over the region. He pushed the US-“Israeli” relations and cooperation to an unprecedented level. He declared his rejection to a Palestinian State and rejected the reconciliation between Fatah and Hamas, and talked about an unarmed Palestinian state within the 1967 borders and then backed up after two days.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid  House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi

Continuing on Netanyahu, Sayyed Nasrallah went on to say “As for Netanyahu, there were more applause than talk in the Congress as he gave his speech, which means that both Republicans and Democrats totally agree on what he said.

Netanyahu said he wants al-Quds as an eternal capital to “Israel”, and that the Palestinian refugee issue should be discussed outside the borders, wants an acknowledgement to a Jewish “Israeli” state and “Israeli” military presence at the Jordan River, and a Palestinian armless State with total rejection to the 1967 borders. He also asked (PA head Mahmoud) Abbas to tear apart any agreement with Hamas and return to negotiations.”

Sayyed Nasrallah said all that is misleading and that there is nothing left for the Palestinians to negotiate for, adding “the US and “Israel” clearly determined their stances, who is the friend and who is the foe when they talked about Iran, Syria, Hizbullah and Hamas. Yesterday, Netanyahu and Obama delivered the final and deadly strike to the so-called Arab peace process.” Hizbullah SG demanded that this initiative be pulled out after the speeches of the US and “Israeli” leaders.

Ending on the Palestinian issue, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the Palestinians have no other choice than resistance to realize liberation. “I call you all to meet together and gather around this choice, l call on all the Ummah to embrace the choice of the resistance as the entire ummah is threatened,” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded.

US-“Israeli” Hypocrisy Ongoing, People Should Beware of the US Policies

Concerning the situation in the Arab world, Sayyed Nasrallah said that there have been some rumors by some media outlets and internet websites particularly in Lebanon quoting a NATO Forces General, saying that Hizbullah has military bases in Ben Ghazi [Libya] or quoting the Libyan government as saying that Hizbullah snipers are present in Misrata. “This is not true,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. He explained that such was the case in Yemen at the time there were clashes between the Yemeni government and the Houthis, as some went to claim that Hizbullah is fighting in Yemen and has some 50 martyrs. So was the case when a Syrian TV claimed that some 3000 Hizbullah fighters also are in Damascus fighting and supporting the Syrian government. “I tell all the liars in the Arab world, whether these were channels, newspapers, or websites that they write for the money of Feltman,” His Eminence pointed out adding “Any military interference in any Arab country in not our responsibility, and if we do go some day to a certain battle field, we have the guts to say that we are there to fight and get martyred.”

Hizbullah leader, addressing the Arab revolutions said “We have been united in our stances, on the side of the peoples in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain.” He warned that “America and “Israel” want to confiscate these revolutions, which was clear in Obama’s sweet talk addressing the Arab revolutions [in his speech]. Sayyed Nasrallah further tackled Obama and Netanyahu hypocrisy and double standards on the Arab world and people. He said that Netanyahu harshly humiliated Arab leaders, Kings, Princes, and regimes when he said that 300 million Arabs do not enjoy any freedom, dignity or democracy. Answering Netanyahu His Eminence said “If the rest of the world does not want to answer you, I tell you, we in Lebanon are the free people of the world, and we made this freedom with our blood, victories and sword.” He reiterated his support to the Arab revolutionary peoples in their demand and action of reforms.

Again moving on to Obama, Sayyed Nasrallah highlighted an example on the US President’s disrespect as he has remained in Iraq as an occupying force, calling on the revolutionary people to beware the American policies as they should not fall for these policies anymore.

Collapse of Syrian Regime…An “Israeli”-American Interest

Moving on to the Situation in Syria, Sayyed Nasrallah said Syria has presented so much to Lebanon, as it prevented division in Lebanon and the region, stopped the bloody civil war in Lebanon, and supported Lebanon and its resistance and so Lebanon achieved the 1985 liberation in Mount Lebanon, Beirut, Saida, and Tyr all the way until the liberation day on the 25th of May 2000, when all Lebanon was liberated except for the Kafarshouba Hills and Shebaa farms, not to mention the 2007 victory after the July war.

“No one denies that Syria has committed mistakes, but no one can deny the historic achievement of Syria to Lebanon, also Syria’s stance on “Israel” and the Palestinian Resistance, in addition to Syria’s stance on the new Middle East Project,” Hizbullah SG said reiterating the Syrian positive role that cannot be ignored. Also, on the internal Syrian situation, Sayyed Nasrallah said that Syrian President Bashar Al Assad believes in reform and is serious in his attempt of reforms in the country. His Eminence underscored that the majority of the Syrian people still support Al Assad and his regime, and that the collapse of the Syrian regime is an American-“Israeli” interest.

“All these issues imply that we, as Lebanese and as a Resistance movement in face of “Israel” should take a responsible stance.

  • First, we should all be concerned about the stability and security of Syria, whether the regime, the people or the army.
  • Second, we call on the Syrians to preserve their country and their resistance regime and to give this regime the space to execute reforms.
  •  Third, we as Lebanese should not interfere in Syrian affairs. Fourth we should reject any sanctions, which the US and the West raised and wanted Lebanon to abide by and I say, this was one of the goals of the Feltman latest visit to Lebanon.” Sayyed Nasrallah concluded on Syria, reminding that a strong Syria is in the interest of Syria, Lebanon and the entire Arab Ummah.

STL American-“Israeli” Project, US and West Demands Hamper Government Formation

On the Lebanese arena, Sayyed Nasrallah tackled the accusation Obama pointed at Hizbullah during the AIPAC speech when he said that Hizbullah is executing political assassinations. “US hostility towards the Resistance is not new,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. He explained that the US pays pledge to “Israel” with such words, words based on no evidence.
“This assures what we said earlier about what is being prepared, which comes in contest of the conspiracy of the Special Tribunal for Lebanon, and he [Obama] declared what we were waiting [STL General Prosecutor] Daniel Bellemare to declare,” Sayyed Nasrallah said. He further noted that Obama’s speech assured that the tribunal is American-“Israeli’ where the US is the prosecutor, the judge and the executioner.

“The US, which speaks about political assassination is the country most involved in political assassination. I remind Obama of what investigations and facts proved, that American intelligence was behind the car bombing in the crowded street of Bir Al Abed, which targeted Sayyed Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah back then and led to the martyrdom of hundreds of Lebanese most of which were women and children,” Sayyed Nasrallah reminded.

Sarcastically, Sayyed Nasrallah said he had the honor to be a target to Obama and Netanyahu, reiterating “When they attack us we feel proud, because this mean we are of great importance and position in the regional and local equation,” his eminence said reminding that this is one of the teachings of Imam Khomeini, as when the devil praises you, you should be concerned.

Concerning the government formation, Sayyed Nasrallah said that the new majority has not been able to form a government so far, which is no problem. He recalled how certain sides in Lebanon instigated tension when said that an overthrow is being prepared by Hizbullah, but soon they figured out there is no such thing. Still, Sayyed said, these cries were messages to the US and the West and some Arab countries, because Hizbullah was ‘taking over the country’ as they claim. His Eminence assured that the government formation has been hampered due to American and European demands even though all sides try to deny this fact.

Sayyed Nasrallah said “Concerning the government, we believe that a government should be formed as soon as possible, and that the country cannot remain in void like that. There is no replacement for the government as it is the base in solving and facing problems in the country,” Sayyed Nasrallah assured. He underscored that it is the concern and in the interest of the Hizbullah to have a strong and capable government that can resolve crisis in the country, as Hizbulah does not want to form a state within another state, but rather wants a one State. His Eminence Assured that more effort will be put to form a government without any pressure.

Hizbullah leader said that Hizbullah supports parliament Speaker Nabih Berri’s initiative to reactivate the Parliament and pointed out that the party will take part in the sessions to be held.

Nothing Intimidates the Resistance, “Israel” is Weaker than A Spider Web

He finally reassured that neither Obama nor Netanyahu or their military fleets intimidate the Resistance, saying “We belong to this land which defeated all fleets in 1982, we are not afraid of intimidation or threats.

What Netanyahu said should be a message to all those who discuss the resistance arms.

Netanyahu himself fears the rockets that will remain to protect Lebanon and that will remain to be present in the regional equation. No one in Lebanon or in the entire world can disarm us.”

He also saluted the souls of those who fell martyrs on the Nakba anniversary at the borders with Palestine on the 15th of May in Maroun Al Ras and Majdal Shams.

Hizbullah Secretary General at the very end, reiterated that the Resistance will remain loyal to its aims, path, pains, blood, martyrs, reminding “Again I tell you like I said in 2006, the time of victories has arrived and that of defeats has gone. “Israel”, which I said on 25 May 2000 is weaker than a spider web, and repeated the same phrase after the July war and Gaza war, the Maroun Al Ras and Majdal Shams incidents, again I say, I swear, “Israel’ is weaker than a spider web.”

Obama’s Middle East Speech and Nakba Day 2011

Zionism’s coming Nakba will mean justice, sixty-three days late, for those who were ethnically cleansed from their country.
Franklin Lamb –Beirut

 Robert Satloff

No sooner had President Obama turned from his teleprompter at the State Department on 5/19/11 than the AIPAC founded Washington Institute for Near East Policy’s Robert Satloff, fumed that the President’s insistence that a solution to the Question of Palestine needs to start with the June 4, 1967 armistice line “constitutes a major departure from long-standing U.S. policy and a dire threat to Israel.”

Satloff: “That departure is not for the better. One line sums up Obama’s serious mistake, where he declares that “The status quo is unsustainable, and Israel must act boldly to advance a lasting peace.

Satloff’s colleague, the notorious anti-Arab, extremist Zionist shill Daniel Pipes immediately joined in as dozens others from Congress and the Israel lobby will no doubt over the next few days and complained that “Obama demands that Israel alonemust act boldly.

These are just code words for making concessions to enemies sworn to eliminate the Jewish state. This is not policy; this is folly.” Pipes told Fox TV and MSNBC.

Eliot Abrams

Many backers of Israel are blaming this year’s Nakba Day commemoration for the perceived US policy shift. According to Eliot Abrams, who long ago put Zionist interests before his own country’s needs, writing in the current issue of the anti-Arab & Islamophobic Weekly Standard opined: “This Nakba Day was used by Palestinians to recover the stage and demand attention.

The catastrophe being commemorated was not the Arab defeat in the 1967 war, and a Camp David-type agreement about the West Bank would not reverse it.
The catastrophe was not settlement expansion—and Palestinian demands could not be met by freezing construction… The demand of Nakba Day is that the creation of the state of Israel in 1948 be reversed!…

When Hamas’s Prime Minister Ismail Haniyah spoke last Sunday in a Gaza speech, he told the cheering crowd that they were demonstrating “with great hope of bringing to an end the Zionist project in Palestine. And last week Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said, “We will never give up the right of return.” This, Abrams concluded “is the real Nakba or catastrophe for Israel.” Abrams believes that Obama is going to push Israel hard on peace with the Palestinians during the upheaval in the region.
Zionist leaders are right to be concerned. As is made clear by reports from those who participated in Nabka 2011 from Gaza, the West Bank, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon and countless supporting demonstrations around the planet this year’s game changing event was truly momentous.

Here in Lebanon, for a majority of the more 72,000 arriving to Maroun al Ras, Lebanon’s border with Palestine, on more than 1200 buses & vans, each with the name of an ethnically cleansed Palestinian village on the windshield, and many on foot, from all the camps and corners of Lebanon, it was their first siting of their country.
Lebanon law has long prevented Palestinians from coming anywhere near the blue line to even look towards their stolen homes and lands or to cross the Litani River north of Tyre. This year, the Lebanese authorities reluctantly decided not to interfere with this human rights project and more and larger “returns” events are being planned.

For the teen-agers on the crowded bus I rode on from Shatila Camp, their parents and grandparents stories and descriptions of Palestine on the Internet was what they talked about.

As we approached Maroun al Ras, some of them were anxious, others silent and reflective, and some, like many teenagers from my generation about to see the Beatles or Elvis were giddy and squealing as the bus rounded a bend in the road south of Aitaroun and we looked to the approaching hills.

“Is that my country Palestine over there?,” Ahmad, a graduate in Engineering who was born in Shatila camp asked. “Nam Habibi!” (“Yes Dear!”) came the reply from the microphone of our “bus mother” gripping her clip board and checking the names to keep track of her flock.
This bus seemed to inflate with delirium as we all smiled and shouted. Some of the passengers had prepared signs that read: “People want to return to Palestine,” inspired perhaps by the slogan made famous in Egypt and Tunisia, “People want the fall of the regime.”

The esprit was reminiscent of a Mississippi freedom ride James Farmer of CORE used to tell us about and I thought of Ben Gurion’s boast from 1948 that the old will die and the young will forget Palestine.

The Zionist leader could not have been more mistaken. The old, many still vital and those who departed this life, continue to teach and inspire the young from their still remembered stories, guaranteeing that the dream of every Palestinian shall never die.

 Human march to Palestine; May 15, 2011

It is difficult to exaggerate the camaraderie, emotion and sheer power of Nakba 2011.
The refugees came to renew their commitment and send the Obama Administration and the World a message that they are determined to return to their land no matter the sacrifices required.
For some coming to see Palestine, including some of those who have been forced out of their homes and off their lands, 63 years ago, it appeared to be almost a sacred and religious act. Whenever the buses would pass one of the signs that read in Arabic and English, for example, “Palestine: 23 km”, our bus would erupt in cheers.

However as the World soon learned, in Lebanon alone, 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers and more than 120 wounded, some critically. None of the demonstrators had weapons.

Those murdered were all civilians from the Camps and were shot in cold blood as they nonviolently as placed Palestinian flags at the fence and gave the peace and victory sign. After Israeli troops fired on them, some threw rocks at the soldiers.

Fortunately some lives were saved by a field hospital affiliated with the group, the Martyr Salah Ghandour Hospital, from nearby Bint Jbeil.

Zionist occupation forces could be seen by those gathered near the blue line at Maroun Al Ras peering out from behind trees or barriers while others were fully visible. One knowledgeable source informed this observer that unseen Hezbollah resistance fighters at one time had as many as 32 Israelis in the cross-hairs of their unseen weapons as they silently watched what was happening.
Hezbollah decided not to kill them which would have accommodated Israel’s intent behind its deadly provocation—this time.

The Zionist lobby is correct in thinking that this year’s Nakba commemoration was different than those in the past just as they realize that it very likely signified a new broader and internationally supported Intifada and that the Palestinian cause in rapidly gaining adherents.

While not all that it should have been by any means, President Obama’s 5/19/11 speech, which is causing many in the occupied US Congress to claim he “sold out Israel “does appear to recognize the historic shift on the ground in this region that will lead to the Palestinians regaining their dignity, homes and land.

Elliot Abrams, Daniel Pipes, Dennis Ross, Robert Satloff and many others predict perceive an approaching Nakba for the Zionist occupiers of Palestine and that it is just a matter of time.

Zionism’s coming Nakba will mean justice, sixty-three days late, for those who were ethnically cleansed from their country.
River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian

HRW calls on Israel to investigate killings during Nakba day protests

[ 22/05/2011 – 09:59 PM ] 
OCCUPIED JERUSALEM– Israel should conduct prompt, thorough, and independent criminal investigations into the killings of protesters by military forces on May 15, 2011, Human Rights Watch said Friday.
Fourteen people were killed during demonstrations in southern Lebanon, the Golan Heights, and the West Bank during the annual Palestinian commemoration of “Nakba Day.” A fifteenth protester died of his wounds on May 16.
“In a too-familiar pattern, Israeli troops responded to stone-throwing youths with live bullets, with predictably deadly consequences,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. “The evidence shows a disturbing disregard for protesters’ lives.”
Because Israeli investigations into alleged serious wrongdoing by its armed forces have a poor record for accountability, the United Nations should monitor any Israeli investigations into the 15 deaths to determine whether they comply with international standards, Human Rights Watch said.
Israeli forces killed 10 people demonstrating at the Lebanese-Israeli border near the Lebanese town of Maroun al-Rass, according to the Lebanese army and Lebanese press outlets that printed the names of those killed. Israeli soldiers killed another four when protesters crossed from Syria into the village of Majd al-Chams in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, according to state-controlled Syrian media. Scores more were injured, according to these same sources and witnesses who spoke to Human Rights Watch.
Source: Human Rights Watch

River to Sea Uprooted Palestinian

MAY 15: THE THIRD INTIFADA Maroun Ar-Ras/Palestine

by Daniel Drennan

In 2006, I found myself working with a variety of Palestinian groups who wanted to put together an educational teach-in center downtown, to enable a discussion of their valid grievances both in terms of the right of return to Palestine as well as their situation within Lebanon. The teaching center went up, yet then a few days later Israel started its 2006 July war that would last 33 days and which destroyed the infrastructure of the country, displaced over a quarter of the population, and killed more than 1400 civilians, a third of them children. The Lebanese army disallowed our presence downtown, and our collective energies were diverted to the various relief efforts that would be the recovery from the wholesale destruction rained down on the country that summer.

 The Return to Palestine billboard, Khaldieh

For the past few years we as a collective have been working on a variety of similar projects, most recently The Return to Palestine1. I have also been working with the organizational committee of this march these past months. The march was designed from the very beginning to be peaceful; a demonstration of non-violent resistance. It involved dozens of civil society organizations, both Palestinian and Lebanese, from inside and outside the refugee camps, and similar to the meetings in 2006, was most inspiring during those moments when dozens and dozens of people, sitting around a large line of tables, focused energy on this one matter, putting differences aside. The various criticisms now appearing concerning the march—that it was staged for this or that political group or faction—need to be addressed. For they reveal in and of themselves the class distinctions that drive and divide this country, indeed this world. It is to those critics that I address this missive. [With thanks to Monthly Review2 for publishing this piece.]

Busses waiting to go up the last hill at Maroun Ar-Ras

If you are able, from the privilege of your social status, from the luxury of your class position, to cast aspersions on this or any other group, then you are able to effectively remove yourself from any positive action for change. This is, of course, as you wish, and it is also as they wish; so know whose work you accomplish. This is, of course, an acknowledgment of the status quo, and as long as the groups so castigated act “true to form” as you would have it, then you can maintain your sense of superiority, your Western-ness, your conceptions of democracy, meanwhile using these very concepts to denigrate others seen as intrinsically incapable of manifesting them. This ignores, of course, the negative incentives that your divide-and-conquer strategy imposes on such groups, that are, in fact, a function of the First World’s life and lifestyle. This is the great Orientalist project, this is the mimicry of criminal buffoons such as Thomas Friedman and Bernard Lewis, this is the height of self-loathing when it comes from those on the local scene, this is what is referred to as the local comprador class of intellectuals. And, as usual, you have nothing worthwhile to add to this discussion, while the means of discussion are mostly within your control, your power structures, and your notions of discourse, analysis, and media. So even when saying nothing, things fall in your favor.

Men, women, children, making their way up

All the same, recent events in the Southwest Asian and North African regions speak to us of a different way, outside of your conforming will and control. Because the “rabble” as you would refer to them do act with purpose. The “zaa’ran” as you describe them do form councils, work with consensus, organize logistics. The “masses” do feed an ongoing demonstration, indeed, a revolution; they clean and keep orderly a public square full of demonstrators, prevent counter-revolution from being imposed by those who wish to eternally keep them down. Engaging with these discounted groups thus is a revolutionary act in and of itself, and in this regard, any remotely political or religious factions you see as compromising the integrity of this demonstration are miles away more progressive and revolutionary than the reactionary and conservative naysayers rushing in to present their correcting and stabilizing narratives. For unlike you, they are open to this dialogue. Their local reality is based in notions of collectivity, equality, a common good. I am saying this now because I witness it. And I am saying to you that we are not waiting for your permission, nor your approval, nor your ridiculously offensive taking of credit technologically speaking or otherwise for what is an intrinsically communal, local, unmediated, grassroots, broadbased, and wide-ranging coalition focused in the longterm on the difficult work of revolution. Are you still stuck in your neo-liberal Western concepts of individual liberties? This leaves you very, very alone in a rapidly changing world.

The People Demand the Right of Return to Palestine!
We understand that this threatens those who maintain their positions of power based on defining this differential otherwise. But ask me: Who would I rather speak to? An individual with so-called “socially progressive views and values” who also happens to love going to Starbucks, who hires domestic slave labor, and sends their children to elite private schools where they are shown Schindler’s List in history class? Or, on the other hand, would I rather engage with those who are seen, described, and denigrated as being the exact opposite in terms of said views and values, but who understand concepts such as “oppressed” and “oppressor”? Who believe in the dialectic as the basis of understanding? For these “socially progressive views” are, in fact, reactionary and stultified, reductive and static. And they bring not freedom, nor any semblance of freedom. You are not free until all are free based on common will, and not on, for example, an outdated French legal system, a relic of colonial times. And if you do not work toward this freedom for all, then you maintain the status quo; it is this maintainance of the how-things-just-are that is killing four-fifths of the planet. It bears stating aloud: There has always been more potential for revolution in the various liberation theologies that merge theory with reality on the street than in any latter-day “secular” theoretical framework that attempts to impose itself from a distance. And thus the baby boomers, the children of the ’60s, who have now proven to be more oppressive than those they feigned protesting against. And thus the heinous European left-wing intellectuals, taking up racist and oppressive discourses as readily as those who oppressed them during the two great wars of recent history. And thus the so-called social progressives whose press statements could have been typed up by the U.S. State Department. And thus the local compradors, providing fodder to slake the Western hunger for one-dimensional descriptions of the local Other. Divorce from the street is a remove from a reality that is now resulting in a rising up and shaking off. And thus Intifada.

Signs put up for the occasion

Imagine the following as an exercise: You limit yourself to the places that are considered public to, say, a Syrian worker, or a Sri Lankan slave. You do not enter a restaurant where the staff inside cannot walk in themselves and get a table. You do not go to a beach that invokes racist entrance policies. You only avail yourself of what makes for public transportation. You live as most live, outside of security-guarded complexes, homes, and universities. You send your children to public schools. You no longer view neighborhoods as venues for your entertainment. You do not form false communities virtual or otherwise outside of your actual community and current place. You do not fall back on the security of your societal status. How long will you last at this exercise? Imagine your freedom and the luxury you enjoy to do as you please where you please, and then imagine, on the other hand, being forbidden to grow facial hair at your so-called secular workplace; or not being allowed to wear a veil in your so-called “Westernized” place of employ; or not having permission to walk as an ordinary worker in the downtown of Beirut; or being evicted from a public beach for being Filipina, all in the name of the so-called “modern” image that you just happen to fit into. How do you explain this, without resorting to the worst kinds of stereotypes, derogatory statements, vile epithets? How do you allow such a noxious stance? And how, then, do you make accusations against those who marched on Sunday, when, in fact and at long last, it is they who should be accusing you? Who exactly needs to change in order that most, indeed, all might live? Who exactly needs to change in order that all might find a semblance of freedom? And if you can understand this, can you then not understand young Palestinian men and women willingly putting themselves in harm’s way? Domestic workers throwing themselves from balconies to escape their oppression? Slave laborers literally working themselves to death because they don’t have the luxury otherwise? Indian farmers killing themselves in the tens of thousands? Welcome to Lebanon. Welcome to this world. It is all connected. And we are not in a place where “boutique causes” are remotely a possibility.

ich-chaab yuriid al-aa’wda illa filistiin!

Given that these are issues of imperialism, and of colonialism, and of racism, and of the neo-liberal nightmare that the Anglo-Saxon capitalist project imposes on us all, including the imposition of the colonial settler outpost of the imposter entity of Israel that was the focus of the demonstrations on Sunday, then it stands to reason that the plight of the Palestinians is at the center of economic inequality, and that economic inequality is what underpins the surface symptoms that then tend to receive diversionary focus: Racism, sectarianism, various forms of individualized “rights”, etc. Jobless in Wisconsin? Stand up for Palestine. Homeless in Pasadena? Walk with the Palestinians. Evicted in New York? Fight for the right of return. Salary not commensurate with a man’s? Come walk. Corruption in government? Walk with us. No one is saying that these are not actual problems deserving of attention; we are simply saying that they need addressing at the core. Such that you might avoid, for example, during a meeting of the current anti-sectarian groups in Beirut, standing up and stating, without irony, that you are offended “as a capitalist” by the discussion taking place. For in this there is no hope; it is lost before you even begin. Or else you avoid, for example, after the popular demonstrations during the war on Gaza, the resultant “Hamra counterpart”, the “designer” version of a popular uprising, or the candlelight vigils during the Summer War of 2006, the mediated reality made consumable for Outsiders and Time Out magazine, with these separate groups not mixing or communicating in any way. For in this you have the recipe for a lost cause. And you are thereby doomed. When the reverse happens, and it is organized from the ground up, you will have to expect that it might not be according to your rules. This is your invitation to step down, and truly involve yourself, not to turn around and defame those you do not ascribe existence to in the first place. Otherwise you’ve lost before you’ve even started; for in this is a doomed exercise.

Balloons carrying the flag back home

Have we forgotten so quickly those most-recent 33 days of war? Of bombs, of racist leaflets dropped from the sky, of displacement, of cluster bombs that still litter the lands of the south to such an extent that those down in the wadi last Sunday found a secondary and perhaps greater danger amongst them, and we were warned not to go off of the main path because of their presence five years after they were delivered from the sky, rained down in the millions? Have you forgotten? Or are you unable to remember because it didn’t happen directly to you? And have we forgotten the spectacle of the so-called “Cedar Revolution” in 2005 which in contrast to this past Sunday, was completely orchestrated by Saatchi&Saatchi and USAID monies, in concert with various media outlets. Why so few voices complaining then, and why so many now? What were you saying about sectarianism? About difference? What distance is this? How do you maintain it? How many different levels does it have, and when have you attempted to lessen it? Furthermore, who indeed is more capable of and should be more responsible for lessening it, for bridging this gap? Given the history of Palestinians in the south, what does it then say of those crossing this distance, working past it, coming together to form the nexus of a popular movement? Are you that cynical to dismiss this? Or does your reaction come from something else, from somewhere else? Which revolution would you rather be part of? Put it out on the table; We want to know where you see yourself in all of this. We want to know where you stand, and what you are capable of.

The international flag held high

How can we not imagine the emotion of living life, generation after generation, in one kilometer square, and then finding oneself 500 meters from one’s homeland? In what way can it possibly be denied to people on this side of the border fence, on this, the land they currently live in with dubious status and standing, unarmed and peacefully marching, the right to make such a statement? And even if one from among them managed to cut the fence, or climb the fence, or scale this artificial border, why would you allow that border to be defined, entrenched, made permanent by your acknowledging its existence? Would you add the force of your voice to the bullet that stopped this one returning home dead in his tracks? Is this not a recognition of the Israeli entity? An acceptance of the power differential of this world? Are you willing to make that statement out loud? Are you willing to pick up that rifle and shoot? Do not dare call these martyrs puppets of parties or factions. Do not dare remove from them agency above and beyond the removal of agency that they daily suffer from. Do not dare attempt to deny that those organizing this event were likewise down in that valley protesting, or else were down in that valley exhorting protesters to return to safer ground, but who were down there nonetheless. Do not dare to create distance where there was none. Do not dare. For we know, we witnessed. And you do not get to impose your sterile remove on us. This is ignoble in its cynicism; a divisive tactic worthy only of the enemy.

Ambulance after ambulance, bringing up the dead and wounded

You were not down in that valley. And you were not at the demonstration, 70,000+ strong. And you were not at the meetings. And you were not at the funerals. And you were not in the hospitals. And you do not go into the camps. And you do not know. And you are removed to your Twitter world, your Facebook realm, your Gemmayzeh bubble, all distancing you from reality. Your ivory tower, your private residence, your walls, your gates, your gaze from far afield. There is no revolution that comes from your stead. There is no revolution to be found in your post-modernism, your secularism, your rationality, your Enlightenment, your modernity, your Western nature, your Europe of decrepid monarchs and official churches. None. Not ever. This leaves a choice: critique if you must from the inside, join us on the inside and make your stance, take your stand, or else do us the favor of saying nothing at all. Because your silence nonetheless comes pre-packaged with the received wisdom, it is what is said, what is stated, what is mediated; it is a given. When saying nothing at all, when not even allowing a word to escape your lips, you already speak volumes for those already in power. And we are tired of it.

I shall fear no evil….

And before we fall into that particularly obnoxious trope of cultures of death, and martyrdom, and your cynical attribution of the blame for these cold-blooded murders on the very murdered themselves otherwise known as blaming the victim, before you bring this up as a condescendingly smug and self-satisfied “I told you so”, allow me to quote Huey P. Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party—another group equally targeted with a similarly racist and classist discourse, the “non-violent” version of which as represented by Martin Luther King, Jr. was all the same also dealt an equally deadly blow—who said, explaining his notion of “revolutionary suicide”:
And before we fall into that particularly obnoxious trope of cultures of death, and martyrdom, and your cynical attribution of the blame for these cold-blooded murders on the very murdered themselves otherwise known as blaming the victim, before you bring this up as a condescendingly smug and self-satisfied “I told you so”, allow me to quote Huey P. Newton, one of the founders of the Black Panther Party—another group equally targeted with a similarly racist and classist discourse, the “non-violent” version of which as represented by Martin Luther King, Jr. was all the same also dealt an equally deadly blow—who said, explaining his notion of “revolutionary suicide”:
“We have such a strong desire to live with hope and human dignity that existence without them is impossible.”
To remember is that this so-called “suicide” exists as a function of and in the face of the endlessly violent project that is capitalism, that is globalization, that is neo-liberalism. This violent response is in answer to a much greater and much more encompassing violence, one that is systemic, and, unfortunately, easy to remove oneself from, or dismiss wholesale. And thus the quest for human dignity as the basis for revolution in this part of the world; not the price of bread, or benzene, or a roof over one’s head. Here are those who love life for all, human dignity for all, freedom for all. This explains the endless waves of people heading down to that fence. If you cannot comprehend that, then there is no point in even hearing your side of the argument—your opinion is the given, the status quo, the quotidian. And it is a violent statement; it is in and of itself a great and cataclysmic violence. We know it. And at this point in time, we are bored to tears of it.

The smokescreen of the IDF that allows rifle snipers to come into position.

To understand the position of power you speak from, the violence of your words equivalent to the violence of the cowardly and murderous soldier-civilians who mowed down 11 (and counting) on this Bloody Sunday, you need only realize that your media, your academia, your associations, your NGOs, these middle-grounded enablers of power in your society all reflect, abet, sustain, and perpetuate this hegemonic discourse of death and destruction implicitly and explicitly. There is no gray area. And what is violence? A cast rock? Or the absence of health care? A thrown stone? Or the absence of electricity, of running water, of valid work, of proper housing, of education? To think or state that revolution is violence and that daily life as most know it isn’t; that the Internet controlled by few and the Western media controlled by few are in any way “democratic” and that our organizing committees aren’t; that there is validity in a “peace process” or an eventual “Palestinian state” that is not the entirety of Palestine while in our demonstrations that took place on May 15 there isn’t any—this is to twistedly play Orwellian with what has always been a life-and-death struggle. And you have chosen the side of death. And we are sick to the death of your choice.

The Palestinians will return

Watch this video [.mov3; .flv4], listen to the Lebanese army emptying their weapons in an effort to clear the valley, only ending up masking the sound of enemy rifle fire that laid low the precious lives of those yearning for return. Smoke and soundscreens; the planned and strategic work of cowards, as documented in their PowerPoint presentations and their brochures and in their training manuals. Who runs this enterprise of death and destruction, pray tell me? Who lays waste to lives that requires survivors to play an endless game of memorializing those lost? Why do you prefer these numbers and statistics to the faces, the portraits of these, the defenseless, murdered in cold blood; these, the sons of Palestine, on this, the first day of the Third Intifada?
Saleh Hassan Bursheed. Mohamad Samir Saleh. Mohamad Abu Shulaih. Imad Abu Shakra. Mohamad Bakri. Hassan Mousa. Mahmud Mohamad Salem. Abdul Rahman Said Sobha. Mohamad Al-Mousa. Khalil [no family name given].
Allah yriHamhun. God’s mercy upon them; and strength to their families and comrades.

Filistiin Hurra!

And here’s the flag, a flag of international import, heading down toward Palestine. And it will return, as long as it takes. And Palestine will be free. And it is now obvious that revolution will come from below; counter-revolution is the only thing that can come from above. And thus there is a stand to take. And we are not pausing along the way to listen to what you might have to say. And you can join us; you are of course welcome to join us; we open our hearts and arms to those who choose to join us. And if you choose not to join us then please, please: Shut up and move out the way.

1 http://returntopalestine.blogspot.com/
2 http://mrzine.monthlyreview.org/2011/drennan210511.html
3 /NYDiary/NYD201105/NYD20110515GPADI/20110515GPADI.mov
4 /NYDiary/NYD201105/NYD20110515GPADI/20110515GPADI.flv

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NAKBA 2011 Commemorations : Palestinians gate crash border


Press TV speaks with Franklin Lamb,Veterans Today columnist and international lawyer participating in the NAKBA commemoration and witnessing the extraordinary scenes at the Lebanese border.Click on the link below to listen in:

Video: 50,000 Palestinians gate crash border

Following is a transcription of that interview:

Press TV: On this anniversary of NAKBA, so far we have 65 people injured and at least one person killed; we have reports of a journalist being critically injured in Gaza. We also have reports of 30 Palestinians hurt and four killed in Southern Lebanon. Do you think the Israelis are feeling they can get away with this violence without pressure or consequences from the international community?

Franklin Lamb: I’m at Maruno rock and your report is not accurate. There are 7 killed and maybe 18 wounded. I’m standing in the midst of thousands and thousands of Palestinians pushing their way into Palestine. Thousands more are still arriving here even though the ceremonies have ended because they are arriving late from areas far away.

Literally hundreds of buses have arrived. Hezbollah has arranged for 200 more buses to come from Syria; Palestinians from Syria. They are still arriving and I am amazed at what I am seeing. I’ve seen so many babies and so many pregnant women on so many buses here that you have to walk the last four or five miles up hills and through fields; there are people on crutches, old people. If there is anybody who thinks Palestine is not going to be liberated let them come to Maruno rock this May 15th.

This is a historic event similar to the freedom marches America used to have in the 1960s civil rights movement — the spirit is so great. This is a momentous historic event of NAKBA and the need to be liberated because of the Arab and Islamic awakening and this is part of that awakening. It’s amazing — I’ve been to a lot of demonstrations — nothing like this. Nothing like this has occurred on the question of Palestine for the past 63 years.

Press TV: On other occasions of the NAKBA there have been commemorations. So you’re saying that it’s starkly different from previous commemorations?
Franklin Lamb: Yes. The Palestinians of Lebanon have virtually no civil rights, it’s a huge crime. But they have never been allowed — I see people now looking at Palestine crying — they have never been allowed to come south of the Litani river by discriminatory laws passed by the Lebanese parliament.
So what’s unique about this and why it caught on is that this is the first chance in 63 years for many of these people crowded on hundreds and hundreds of buses to see Palestine. That’s why it’s different.

What happened is certain objected to it, but the resistance of Palestinians said we’re coming so they allowed them to come for the first time in more than half a century. They’re sitting here and many want to go to Akka. If you stand on a pole here you can see Akka — it’s about 30 miles away from here, but you can see it.

There are 250,000 Palestinians in Lebanon living in terrible conditions; I’m going to guess that there are at least 50,000 or 20% of the Palestinians in Lebanon here today and I think it’s the beginning of a massive massive intifada.
Press TV: From what you’re describing and I think any human could possibly imagine not being able to go back to their homeland after being taken away; and as you said seeing it for the first time, the sheer emotion that you must be witnessing out there.

Franklin Lamb: Exactly that. The young people have tears — before they only heard stories from their grandfathers, but now they see it and they see the Zionist soldiers in their arrogance driving around and pointing guns. You can imagine what the resistance is thinking. I’m not predicting there’s going to be an incident here, but the tension is very high.

The ceremonies have been over for hours, but the people are still coming. There is no way to leave this area because there are so many buses and taxis jamming all of this part of southern Lebanon. It’s amazing; the people are in great solidarity — there are quite a few Europeans here and lots of Lebanese. Some people say they’ve had enough of the Palestinians, but there is lots of Lebanese here.

Press TV: What is the goal of the people still coming out? Is it just to take a look or to continue a commemoration service?

Franklin Lamb: I think the reason they’re coming, beside the fact that the roads have been clogged, is that feeling of solidarity and the special connection with the rest of their brothers and sisters here who are literally thousands upon thousands.

Source: presstv.ir


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Franklin Lamb: Majesty and massacre at Maroun al Ras with Photo Story

The photo was taken in the Galilee region
On the far ridgetop is the Lebanese village, Maroun al-Ras


Franklin Lamb at the Lebanon-Palestine border 

[AP Photo]
Israeli soldiers look across the
 Lebanese border in the direction
of  Maroun al-Ras in July 2006.

 Maroun al Ras is a beautiful hillside Lebanese village on the border with Palestine. 63 years ago today its villagers lifted their lights to welcome ethnically cleansed Palestinians, who were part of the approximately 129,000 from 531 Zionist pillaged and destroyed villages who sought temporary refuge in Lebanon.

A similar number of Palestinian expellees entered Syria a few miles to the West and another half million were forced into Jordan and Gaza. 
On Nakba (“Catastrophe”) Day, Sunday May 15, 2011, Maroun al Ras welcomed approximately 27% of all the Palestinian refugees in Lebanon, this time coming from the opposite direction heading back toward their homes in Palestine. Palestinians in Lebanon now number approximately 248,000, approximately half of whom live in 12 squalid camps and as many “gatherings”, although 423,000 remain registered with UNWRA.

The discrepancy in numbers is explained by the fact that Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees, without any of the most elementary civil rights, than in any of the other 45 camps in the Middle East and in gross violation of international Law as well as Lebanon’s Constitution and bi-lateral and multilateral agreements, tend to leave Lebanon to seek work, decent housing, and a better life whenever they are able to secure a visa to Europe or elsewhere.

For a majority of the more 72,000 ( some estimates this morning exceed 100,000 because many refugees and supporters traveled south independently and did not register or use provided transportation) arriving in more than 1200 buses & vans, and many on foot, from all the camps and corners of Lebanon, it was their first siting of their country. Lebanon law has long prevented Palestinians from coming anywhere near the blue line to even look towards their stolen homes and lands or to cross the Litani River north of Tyre. This year, for one day only, the Lebanese authorities reluctantly decided not to interfere with this human rights project.

For the teen-agers on the crowded bus I rode on from Shatila Camp, their parents and grandparents stories and descriptions of Palestine on the Internet was what they talked about.

As we approached Maroun al Ras, some of them were anxious, others silent and reflective, and some, like many teenagers from my generation about to see the Beatles or Elvis were giddy and squealing as the bus rounded a bend in the road south of Aitaroun and we looked to the approaching hills. “Is that my country Palestine over there?,” Ahmad, a graduate in Engineering who was born in Shatila camp asked. “Nam Habibi!” (“Yes Dear!”) came the reply from the microphone of our “bus mother” gripping her clip board and checking the names to keep track of her flock. This bus seemed to inflate with delirium as we all smiled and shouted. Some of the passengers had prepared signs that read: “People want to return to Palestine,” inspired perhaps by the slogan made famous in Egypt and Tunisia, “People want the fall of the regime.”

The esprit was reminiscent of a Mississippi freedom ride James Farmer of CORE used to tell us about and I thought of Ben Gurion’s boast from 1948 that the old will die and the young will forget Palestine. The Zionist leader could not have been more mistaken. The old, many still vital and those who departed this life, continue to teach and inspire the young from their still remembered stories, guaranteeing that the dream of every Palestinian shall never die.

The organizers from the camps did a tremendous job, but no one could have anticipated the huge numbers who would participate in this truly historic and likely region changing event that was also fueled by Facebook, Tweeters and text messages.

All the Palestinian organizations and factions were united for this project.

Hezbollah kept a low profile so as to keep the focus on the Nakba. However, when the organizers discovered a shortage of buses last week Hezbollah arranged for more, even bringing them in from Syria who themselves used more than 800 buses yesterday to take Palestinians from Syria’s 10 Palestinians camps, including Yarmouk, to the Syrian Golan border with occupied Palestine.

At certain points along the narrow and winding village roads in South Lebanon the convoy would pause and Hezbollah members would appear and distribute bottles of water, fresh croissants and large chocolate filled cookies. They also did traffic control work and provided civil defense and medical services as needed. One imagines it was their guys who erected the nifty new road signs throughout the South that showed the distance to Palestine with an arrow pointing toward Jerusalem. Whenever the buses would pass one of the signs that read in Arabic and English, for example, “Palestine: 23 km”, our bus would erupt in cheers.

The Mabarat Charity, founded by the late scholar Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah, who was from the village of Bint Jbeil near Maron al Ras, and which charity operates several gas stations, the proceeds of which supports orphans, discounted gas on Nakba Day for the hundreds on buses & vans.

It is difficult to exaggerate the camaraderie, emotion and sheer power of the event. The came to renew their commitment and send the World a message that they are determined to return to their land no matter the sacrifices required. For some coming to see Palestine, including some of those who have been forced out of their homes and off their lands, 63 years ago, it appeared to be almost a sacred and religious act.


One man, who appeared to be in his 80’s stood not far from me and gazed toward his stolen land near Akka, seen in the distance. Suddenly he slumped to the ground. Two of us elevated his legs and tried to make him comfortable on the rocky ground until first aid arrived.

Safad 1948

My best friend in Shatila camp, Zeinab Hajj, whose father walked from his village of Amouka near Safad as a child, stared toward Safad also visible in the distance. Tears ran down Zeinabs cheeks as she gazed at her village. It was a common site among the old and the young. Even toddlers whose parents wanted them to witness and be part of this historic day appeared to grasp its solemnity and importance.

For the large American contingent and other international guests, it was a majestic and cherished experience observing Nakba Day 2011 at Maroun al Ras.

However as the World soon learned, 10 Palestinians were killed by Israeli snipers and more than 120 wounded, some critically. None of the demonstrators had weapons.

“People want to return to Palestine,”


Those murdered were all civilians from the Camps and were shot in cold blood as they nonviolently as placed Palestinian flags at the fence and gave the peace and victory sign. After Israeli troops fired on them, some threw rocks at the soldiers. Fortunately some lives were saved by a field hospital affiliated with the group, the Martyr Salah Ghandour Hospital, from nearby Bint Jbeil.

Zionist occupation forces could be seen by those gathered near the blue line at Maroun Al Ras peering out from behind trees or barriers while others were fully visible. One knowledgeable source informed this observer that unseen Hezbollah resistance fighters at one time yesterday afternoon had as many as 32 Israelis in the cross-hairs of their unseen weapons as they silently watched what was happening.

Hezbollah decided not to kill them which would have accommodated Israel’s intent behind its deadly provocation—this time.

Meanwhile, Lebanon has filed a complaint against Israel with the UN Security Council calling on the Security Council to pressure Israel to stop its hostile and provocative policies against Lebanon and hold it accountable for killing civilians.
Today is a day of general strikes in the camps in mourning for the victims who were killed with funerals being held in the refugee camps of al-Bass, Burj al-Shemali, Mieh Mieh and Ain al-Hilweh. All UNWRA schools are closed.
Hezbollah’s Secretary-General Hassas Nassrallah commended Lebanon’s Palestinians this morning as he explained his interpretation of Nakba Day 2011: “You do not accept a homeland other than Palestine, and so let no one fear naturalization in Lebanon because your firm decision is to return. Your loud and clear message to the enemy is that you are determined to liberate the land no matter what the sacrifices are; and the fate of this entity (enemy) is demise and that no initiatives, treaties or borders will protect it. Your return to Palestine is inalienable right, and its realization has become closer than any other time. “

Hassan Nasrallah’s words require that Lebanon’s next Parliament, with the full, active, direct, and unequivocal support of Hezbollah immediately repeal the racist and discriminatory 2001 law that outlaws home ownership for Palestinians in Lebanon and that Lebanon’s Palestinians be immediately granted the right to work just as all refugees do globally and all foreigners in Lebanon enjoy.

There must be no more resistance to Palestinians being granted the elementary right to work and to own a home. Yesterday at Maroun al Ras Lebanon’s Palestinians once again earned the right to live in dignity and care for their families until Return. As the Palestinians continue their struggle for elementary civil rights here in the inhumane camps of Lebanon, they and the advocates are heartened by Hassan Nassrallah words of a few hours ago:
“We are with you, and by your side. We are happy for your happiness and sad for your sadness, we carry with you the same hopes and pains, and move on together in the path of resistance so that we continue our victories and liberate all our land and sanctities.

Hopefully Lebanon’s Palestinian refugees will, after 63 years in Lebanon, be granted internationally mandated civil rights.

Franklin Lamb, currently in Syria, is doing research Lebanon. He is the author of The Price We Pay: A Quarter-Century of Israel’s Use of American Weapons Against Civilians in Lebanon.
He contribute to Uprooted Palestinis Blog and can be reached c/o fplamb@gmail.com
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He did it, Hassan Hijazi returned to Yafa (Java) – Millions will follow

Palestinian Bouazizi

”The old will die and the young will forget (Nakba).” David Ben Gurion, first Zionist prime minister said in 1948, 35 years before the birth of Hassan Hijazi, the Palestinian Bouazizi.
Unlike poor Bouazizi, the Tunisian revolution icon, Hassan, was a clerk at Syrian ministry of education, though, he as all uprooted palestinians in Syria enjoyed the same civil right of the granted to Syrians, his dream was to return to Yafa, where his father and grandfather were born. . It was a dream that come true, Hassan Hijazi, 28, one of hundreds uprooted Palestinian who crossed the the mined Wadi Al-sarkhat, and several military fences seperating occupied Majdal Shams from Syria, he took a public bus to Jaffa in search of his parents’ former house. Hassan’s mother said that her son was determined to return and reach Jaffa while he was still studying, and even when he traveled to Aleppo to study where he remained for several years.

My friend Dr. Franklin Lamb, hopes the Nakba day may pave the way for “making some basic civil rights for Lebanon’s refugees in Lebanon.

The Israeli media described Hasssan as a “Syrian” civil servent and called him an “infiltrator”, no surprise, Golda denied the existance of Palestinians. ‘Only Jews have the right to infiltrate Arab lands’

No problem, Palestine, from river to sea is the occupied part of southern Syria (BILAD al-Sham).
I used to say: Blood shall defeat the sword, the magic shall turn against the magicians. Thanks to the Palestinian Blood shed at Maroun al-Ras, and Majdal Shams that helped Hassan to realize his dream, the dream of Milions of uprooted palestinian.

Gilad Atzimon hit the nail, Palestinians are more decisive, firm and united than their parents’ or grandparents’ generations.

They Call it “Independence” … We Call it Nakba, thus wrote reham alhelsi, two days before nakba day.

Uprooted Palestinians (the core of the Palestinian cause), in Lebanon, and Syria marked May 15, 2011, as a turning point in Palestinian history.

Return to Palestine, is no more a right, that will never die, its now an exercise ( Return in Practice ), and what happened on Nakba day in Marou al-Ras, Majdal shams, occupied WB, and besieged Gaza, is the beginning of the full liberation, and the millions great march to Jerusalem. the countdown has begun.

Haneyya is right: Palestinians have begun to ‘bury Nakba’ forever .
A final world for our international friends: Thank for your support, the UN can’t “be trusted to grant long overdue statehood to Palestinians” Ask Arafat, ask Abbas, and ask Hassan Hejazi, who’s father spent his life waiting waited the UN to implement its 194 resolton , and finally ask Netanyahu who got the Nakba Day rallies message as an event that threatens the existence of Israel. Nothing but full liberation

Hejazi the first

“I don’t want to go back to Syria,” Hijazi added, I want to stay here in my village, where my father and grandfather were born.

“But Syria is a good country for Palestinians and I don’t know what the Israeli government would do to us. I want to stay here and bring my family here,” he noted.

When asked what he thought of President Assad, who has ordered a violent crackdown against anti-regime protesters, Hijazi said solemnly, “He is a good president.”

In an earlier interview with Channel 10, Hijazi recounted how he made his way from the northern border to central Israel. “I saw some peace activists, one Jew and a few French Arabs, and I told them – I want to go with you – because my dream is to reach Jaffa, the city where I am from.”

Hijazi said he hitched a ride with “peace activists” from Majdal Shams. He told Channel 10 that the “Lebanese terror organization Hezbollah” pressured the Assad regime in Syria to allow the demonstration, and called for a military conquest of Israel by Arab armies.
“This isn’t Israel, it’s Palestine. This country must not be Jewish,” he told Hebrew media, before being arrested by a policeman for illegal entry into Israel.
An additional two Syrians were arrested in Majdal Shams during house-to-house searches throughout the day on Monday, Rosenfeld said.
Earlier, a Syrian-Palestinian infiltrator who was a passenger in a taxi driven by a Palestinian man from east Jerusalem was arrested along with the driver.

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The right of return will never die

By Khalid Amayreh in Occupied Jerusalem
[ 16/05/2011 – 10:59 PM ]

The spectacular determination on Sunday, 15 May, by tens of thousands of Palestinian refugees, to return to their ancestral homeland, from which they were so mercilessly and so brutally uprooted at the hands of evil Zionist gangs, demonstrates that the right of return will never ever die.

It also underscores that the right of return, which the apartheid entity known as Israel, has been trying to obliterate and consign to oblivion by way of propaganda and conspiracies, remains the crux of the matter and will never go away as long as even a single Palestinian refugee remains dispersed in the Diaspora.

The fact that Israeli leaders have lost their composure over the Nakba anniversary commemoration this year is understandable. Israel has been trying in vain to erase the right of return from the collective memory and consciousness of the Palestinian people. Israeli leaders, thoroughly absorbed in their arrogance and insolence, thought the old refugees would die and the young ones would forget.

However, the spectacular events of yesterday, the Nakba Day, was a clarion proof that determination to attain the right of return was still as vivid today as it was 63 years ago when the children of the holocaust sought to carry out another holocaust against a people who had nothing to do with whatever happened to Jews in the course of the Second World War.

One Palestinian refugee from the depopulated village of Dawayma, south of the present Jewish settlement of Kiryat Gad, told this writer the following words in commemoration of the Nakba anniversary.

“The right of return is very much like a religion for the Palestinians. You can imagine Jews converting en mass to Third Reich Nazism, but you can’t imagine Palestinians giving up the right of return.

“Because the right of return is the heart of the Palestinian problem, and liquidating this right through international conspiracies would mean one thing: the decapitation of the Palestinian people.”

As any western-educated journalist would, I confronted that young refugee with all the cold facts, the impossible odds which seem to make the attainment of the right of return far-fetched and next to impossible.

But the young man interrupted me, saying “why is it impossible, why is it far-fetched?

“We are talking about a people that were unfairly and unjustly expelled from their ancestral homeland. These people simply want to go home.”

“Yes, of course,” this writer, retorted. “But the Israelis are powerful and they more or less control the government of the only super-power in the world, namely the United States.”

He didn’t give up. “Military might might have the upper hand for some time, but eventually it will give in to the power of truth. Where is the Roman empire? Where is the Soviet Union? Where is Nazi Germany? Where is the British empire? Israel will face the same fate, sooner or later. A country that is based on falsehood and theft and murder and terror shall not last long. Sixty three years are nothing in the annals of history.”

As usual, Israeli leaders, officials and spokesmen were frothing at the mouth as they commented on the spectacular reassertion of the right of return on all fronts, south, north and east as well as inside occupied Palestine itself where at least a million internal refugees are still extirpated from their original towns and villages for 63 years.

Benyamin Netanyahu, the pathologically mendacious prime Minister of the Zionist regime claimed that attempts by Palestinian “infiltrators” to “slip” through the borders were an additional proof that the conflict was not over the 1967 borders, but rather over Israel itself.

Well, wake up Mr. Netanyahu from you stupor! Have you forgotten that the very home you live in West Jerusalem belongs to a Palestinian refugee now languishing in misery at a refugee camp in Lebanon?

Don’t you feel ashamed living in a home illegally and unlawfully, a home that belongs to a refugee whom your state, which, ironically, you call a light upon the nations, banished to the four corners of the globe?

Another Zionist cabinet minister claimed that the highlighted commemoration of the Nakba anniversary was a demonstration of hatred. Coming from the lying mouths of those who murder school children and then claim they didn’t mean it, this is nothing short of fornication with language.

Indeed, by what standard of morality or imagination can we consider the exercise of one’s right to return to his or her home an act of hatred?

Quite the contrary, it is the Zionist denial and recalcitrance to prevent these miserable refugees from returning to their homes that is the real expression of hatred.

A last word. The reassertion of the right of return should be an indelible landmark toward the ultimate actualization of that right. It should also be an opportunity to stress and accentuate the right of return as an inviolable constant that must never be subject to compromise and negotiations.

Yes, we don’t expect politicians to implement the right of return tomorrow. But we do expect them to preserve the sanctity and inviolable status of that right. In Islam, one doesn’t commit adultery if one doesn’t possess dowry for marriage.

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Gilad Atzmon: From ‘Right of Return’ to ‘Return in Practice’

We learned today about deadly clashes in the Syrian and Lebanese borders with Israel. We also read that similar clashes took place in Gaza and the West Bank.

The Jewish State is in a siege.

The IDF forces reportedly fired at Syrian, Lebanese and Gazan ‘Nakba Day’ protesters who breached border fences.

According to Ynet, the Israeli northern border is now a ‘military zone.’

Israel Military officials said the IDF was using “all means” in order to “keep infiltrators out of Israel”.

Someone should remind the Israelis that it is actually the Israelis who are the infiltrators. The Palestinians are the indigenous people of the land. The land that is stretched between the river and the sea is called Palestine and it is just a question of time before it is returned to its owners.

What we see today is a clear message to the Jewish State, the Israelis and Zionists around the world. Palestine is not an academic notion; it is actually a vibrant struggle for justice. The right of return is not just an ethical concept; it is now put into practice.

The days of the Jewish State are numbered.


Is it the Grand Intifada? – Updated


I am watching Almanar covering nakaba day,

 In Egypt,Rafah convoys turned back, thanks to the military councill, and to our “Brothers”, to lay siege to Israeli embassy in commemoration of Nakba


As expected, Nothing serious in Jordan, the IOF sub-contractor delt with those who tried reach the Zionist embassy. Most likely  Jordan “Brothers” are still in Ramtha, they lost the direction, the way to Alqds passes throught Damascuss.
BTW, an Islamic Emirates is declared in TEL-KALLAKH at Lebanese borders, Some Lebanese “brothers” crossed the borders to “Liberated” emirate

‘Right of Return’ to ‘Return in Practice’

In Syria, IOF, openned fire on Uprooted Palestinians and syrian demonstrators who crossed the mined vally seperating Liberated Ein Alteena and Occupied Majdal Shams at Gollan Front,

IDF besieges Majdal Shams after the entry of demonstrators from the liberated side. So far three martyred, fifty one injured in Majdal Shams clashes, the area declared “colsed military zone”

 In Gaza, IOF, IDF injures 2 Nakba Day protesters on Gaza borders three demonstrators arrested, 60 casaulties at Beit Hanoon crossing.

In West Bank, four Palestinians arrested in Bethlehem, many casualties at Qalandia crossing, 13 shoot by snippers at roof tops with live fire, tens injured by tear gas.

In Maroun al-Ras In Lebanese Army fires in air to prevent protestors from getting close to the fence on the border line.
They , about 200 hundred, are now at the fence stonning the Zionist Devil.
So far no reaction from IOF.
They did it
I see an Ambalance
Several casualties near the border line upon IDF fires towards peaceful protestors in Maroun el-Ras.

Seven Martyred, 118 wounded, but the uprooted boys are still there at the fence throwing stones

IDF declares the Lebanese border’s a closed military zone, Holds Syrai responsible
IDFAlert for Nakba Day Demonstrations
Local Editor

A few months ago, as the number of Facebook users who pressed “Like” on pages that called for a third intifada and large-scale demonstrations on Sunday increased, the IDF began to sit up and take notice.
May 15 is the day the Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, the “catastrophe” that was the establishment of the “State of Israel.”
At first, the IDF and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency) downplayed the significance of the Facebook pages and the impact they would have on the ground. But then the entire Middle East shook, and Facebook proved to have extraordinary power to mobilize the masses in Cairo’s Tahrir Square as it helped opposition groups topple President Hosni Mubarak.
As the number of “Likes” continued to grow and eventually reached around 350,000 on over 100 different pages, the IDF and Shin Bet decided to see if it was possible to analyze the people who were pledging their support for the demonstrations – who they were, what their background was and how committed they were to the cause.
The rough assessment that evolved from the Facebook analysis was that the demonstrations would not be as bad as some had initially expected. Yes, the Palestinians will march. But no, they will likely not come armed to the demonstrations or open fire at Israeli troops.

This does not mean that the IDF is not taking the weekend of potential demonstrations seriously. The opposite is more accurate, as can be seen by the massively increased deployment of IDF units and Border Police companies in the West Bank to reinforce battalions there – the largest such deployment in the West Bank in the past three years.

Nearly 10,000 border police officers were expected to be stationed throughout the country Sunday in cities with Arab and Jewish populations and areas where conflict is expected in light of “Nakba Day.”

Police were asked to show restraint and not release live fire, unless there existed a real threat to human life.

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Increased security in east Jerusalem and surrounding areas was expected to continue for the next few days.

Demonstrators on Sunday morning threw stones at Border Police forces near a gas station in Issawyia as part of the ‘Nakba Day’ protests.

The Israeli forces, with the aid of a helicopter, managed to disperse the stone-throwers. There were no reports of injuries in the incident.

Tensions rose in east Jerusalem this weekend following the shooting death of a Palestinian youth during a riot in the capital’s Silwan neighborhood.

At police headquarters in Jerusalem on Saturday evening, Insp.-Gen. Yochanan Danino spoke with intelligence officials and commanders from the Border Police, the Operations Branch and the Jerusalem district, and drew up final plans for Sunday, Jerusalem Post reported.

“We will allow for demonstrations and we will act with restraint. But we will not allow violent disturbances,” Danino said.

Jerusalem police and Border Police units remain deployed in force in east Jerusalem, and are on standby in case of further rioting, Jerusalem Post quoted spokesman Micky Rosenfeld as saying.

Officers are also deployed in larger than normal numbers in the North, including near Umm el-Fahm and in the surrounding Wadi Ara region.

Crossings with Judea and Samaria would be temporarily closed to Palestinians on Sunday, the IDF announced on Saturday night. The closure began on Saturday at 11:59 p.m. and will be lifted on Sunday at the same time.

Persons in need of medical attention, humanitarian aid or exceptional assistance will be permitted to pass for care, with the authorization of the civil administration.


Northern Command sources say there are expectations that Palestinians in Lebanon will travel to the border to participate in protests, Jerusalem post said.

IDF troops will be deployed in large numbers throughout the West Bank and along the border with Lebanon on Friday, amid expectations that massive demonstrations will break out on both fronts ahead of Nakba Day (“the day of the catastrophe”.)

The IDF began reinforcing troops in the West Bank earlier this week, here several Palestinian groups have called for large demonstrations along Israel’s various borders ahead of Nakba Day, which is the Palestinian commemoration of the establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Expectations are that the demonstrations will start on Friday, and last until Sunday.

Expected hotspots in the West Bank include the Kalandiya Checkpoint outside of Jerusalem, near the Ofer Prison off Road 443, as well as Nablus, Tulkarm and Ramallah.

Officers from the IDF’s Northern Command spoke with UNIFIL this week, and warned of severe consequences if Palestinian demonstrators try to damage the border fence between Israel and Lebanon during the demonstrations.

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Eight killed as IDF fires on Protestors in Syria and Lebanon

Marching to Majdal Shams
Israeli gunfire killed six people and wounded 71 others on the border in south Lebanon during a Palestinian refugee protest on Sunday to mark “Nakba Day,” a local medical source said.
Among the wounded, thirteen are in critical condition.
The UN peacekeeping force in the border region called for “maximum restraint on all sides in order to prevent any further casualties” and “immediate concrete security steps on the ground” to prevent any further bloodshed.

On the other side of the border, Israeli gunfire killed four protesters and wounded more than sixty others as civilians crossed from Syria onto the annexed Golan Heights on Sunday, sparking a war of words between Damascus and Jewish state.
Four people were killed and four others critically hurt by Israeli gunfire after protesters from a Syrian-held part of the Golan entered the annexed territory, a doctor who treated casualties said.

Troops fired live rounds and tear gas at the protesters who suddenly burst through to Israeli-held territory rather than demonstrating alongside the border fence as they have in past years on the anniversary of Israel’s 1948 creation.

The unrest came as Palestinians in the occupied territories, inside Israel and across the region marked the anniversary of the Jewish state’s 1948 creation, known in Arabic as the “nakba” or “catastrophe.”

As a result, IDF declared the area a “closed military zone” in retaliation for the crisis emerged.

“Civilians breached the Israel-Syria border near the Israeli village of Majdal Shams,” the Israeli military said. “Forces opened fire in order to prevent the violent rioters from illegally infiltrating Israeli territory.

“From initial reports, there are dozens of injured,” it said in a statement.

Syria’s foreign ministry, meanwhile, condemned Israel for opening fire on protesters on the Golan, in south Lebanon and Gaza, warning that the Jewish state would bear full responsibility.

A Palestinian throwing a stone at Israeli security
 forces during clashes at Qalandiya checkpoint,
near the West Bank city of Ramallah
on Nakba Day, May 15, 2011

 “We firmly denounce the criminal Israeli actions against our people in the Golan Heights, Palestine and southern Lebanon that left several people dead and wounded,” the foreign ministry said.

“Israel will have to bear full responsibility for its actions.”

An Israeli official also pointed the finger at Assad’s regime, which has been rocked by two months of pro-reform protests inspired by Arab revolts which have ousted strongmen in Tunisia and Egypt.

“This appears to be a cynical yet transparent act by the Syrian regime to create a crisis on the border in order to distract attention from the very real problems that regime faces at home,” he said, on condition of anonymity.

Channel 1 television said its correspondent in Majdal Shams, a Druze town on the Golan, said he had come across 30-40 infiltrators in its main square, some of who said they were Palestinians from Yarmuk refugee camp in Damascus.

The army sealed off the town and its immediate surroundings and carried out house-to-house searches for infiltrators, defense sources said.

This Nakba Day event is considered one of the worst incidents for decades along a ceasefire line that has been quiet since a 1974 truce accord.

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Palestinians mark uprooting; 5 reported killed

Palestinians youths wave flags and chant slogans during a rally calling for a reconciliation between the rival Palestinian leading factions Hamas in Gaza and Fatah in the West Bank, in Gaza City, Tuesday, March 15, 2011. (AP Photo/Adel Hana)
Palestinians youths wave flags and chant slogans during a rally calling for a
 reconciliation between the rival Palestinian leading factions Hamas in Gaza
 and Fatah in the West Bank, in Gaza City, Tuesday, March 15, 2011.
(AP Photo/Adel Hana)


Date: Sun. May. 15 2011 8:03 AM ET
Israeli troops clashed with Arab protesters along two hostile borders on Sunday, leaving as many as five people dead and dozens wounded as the Palestinians commemorated their mass displacement during the war surrounding Israel’s establishment three generations ago.

Israel’s Channel 2 TV said four people were killed as they tried to burst through the Syrian border with the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights in the most serious violence in the area in decades. Palestinian medics also said one person was killed and 40 others were wounded in a demonstration in the Gaza Strip near the heavily fortified border with Israel. Demonstrations were also reported in east Jerusalem and the West Bank.
The unrest came as the Palestinians marked the “nakba,” or “catastrophe,” the term they use to describe the uprooting they suffered at the time of Israel’s founding on May 15, 1948.

In the fighting over Israel’s creation, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were uprooted, and the dispute over the fate of the refugees and their descendants, now numbering several million, remains a key issue in the Mideast conflict.
Israel TV channels broadcast scenes of what appeared to be thousands of people gathering along the Syrian border with the Golan, with large crowds of people throwing objects at the fence. Dozens of people could be seen cutting through the fence and storming across the Israeli side.
Israeli media said the protesters were believed to be Palestinians who live in refugee camps in Syria. Channel 2 interviewed one of those who crossed, who identified himself as a resident of the Yarmouk refugee camp in Syria. “I am Palestinian from Nazareth,” the man, identifying himself as Sami, told the station.
The Israeli military said its soldiers fired warning shots to disperse the crowd, but Channel 2 said four people were killed. Israel’s national rescue service says 10 to 20 people were wounded and are being treated in Majdal Shams, an Arab Druse town in the Golan.

Israel captured the Golan from Syria in the 1967 Mideast war, and Syria demands the area back as part of any peace deal. But despite the hostility between the two countries, the border has been quiet for decades.

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Al-Nakba Day in Occupied Territories, Golan Heights, and Maroun al-Ras

Al-Nakba Day in Occupied Territories

14:55 Sixty wounded by Israeli live ammunitions in Beit-Hanoun of Gaza.
14:44 Fifteen csualties by IDF gunfire near a check point of Qalandia in the West Bank
14:16 Four Palestinians arrested in Bethlehem Nakba Day protests
14:16 Two Palestinians injured by IDF fire at Gaza crossing, three demonstrators arrested: JPost

.. In Golan Heights

14:32 Three martyrs, fifty injured in Majdal Shams clashes, the area declared “colsed military zone”
14:22 IDF besieges Majdal Shams after the entry of demonstrators from the liberated side.
14:14 Scores of protestors outpacing the border in the Golan Heights, arrive in the occupied town of Majdal Shams.
14:01 Palestinians cross Syrian border in Nakba Day protest: JPost

.. In Lebanon

15:58 Israelis declare the Northern region along the border with Lebanon “closed military zone.”
14:58 IDF fires intentionally against peaceful protestors on head and chest: Manar TV reporter.
14:40 Israel enforcements near Lebanese borders, Merkavas launch the camouflage smoke.
14:35 Four martyrs, scores injured due to Israeli gunfire against peaceful protesters in the Lebanese border village of Maroun al-Ras.
13:08 Lebanese Army, UNIFIL prevent protestors from getting close to the fence on the border line
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